High winds in the Washington area Sunday created a number of calls for the Washington Fire Department, according to Bill Halmich, fire chief.
The fire department responded to a total of 11 calls beginning at 7:34 a.m. Sunday and ending just after 11 p.m.
Of those, three were for transformer/wire issues. There was one flue fire response, one natural vegetation fire and two automatic sprinkler/alarm responses.
In the same time frame, there was one search, one minor rescue and one call to check a building for fire.
The fire department provided mutual aid to the Beaufort Leslie Fire Department for a fire call.
From 11:27 a.m. to 1:36 p.m. responders were dispatched to six of the 11 incident calls.
“We have a system in place that allows us to handle multiple responses at one time,” Halmich said. “However, it should be understood that the system can be maxed out too.”
There were reported wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour, Halmich said, adding that wind gusts are usually in the 30 to 45 mile per hour range.
“The key to this is that Sunday was indicative of the role Mother Nature can play in fire response and in creating hazardous situations,” Halmich said.
Halmich cautioned residents against open burning, noting that wind conditions and humidity both contribute to containing a fire.